Remember Koenigsegg? The Swedish hypercar manufacturer who makes wallpaper-worthy cars? The lovely folks there have now made an electric motor that is said to be approximately the size of two Redbull cans stacked on top of each other.
But don’t be fooled by its size. Called the Quark e-motor, this electric motor is capable of putting out 136hp of power and 250Nm of torque. If needed, the maximum output can leap to 340hp and 598Nm for 20 seconds. It’ll be equipped with ‘David,’ a silicon carbide inverter and a Terrier EV drive unit.
All three parts will work in tandem with Koenigsegg Gemera’s 608PS IC engine, propelling the four-door grand tourer to a speed of 400kmph! Of course, the Swedish brand is yet to test these claims out. But talk about packing a punch, eh?
So, how did they manage to pull this off? The two major design elements of the Quark e-motor are axial and radial flux. The former emphasizes power density, while the latter emphasizes torque density.
By combining the two, which Koenigsegg calls “Raxial flux,” along with aerospace-grade steel and a carbon fibre rotor, you get a motor that can launch you into the atmosphere, while fitting in the palm of your hand.
The Swedish company also has plans to use this motor for applications beyond electric vehicles, like aerospace and marine use. Should NASA come calling already? We think so.